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Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-August-2019  13:19:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Chook and mr bill this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-August-2019  13:16:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Bose QuietComfort 35 II vs. Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones on TechGage.
RIOTORO CR1288TG Full Tower on NikKTech.
1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
ROCCAT Noz headset on Vortez.
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.

Toshiba BG4 SSD Review: Mini But Mighty NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Power Bolt B75 Pro 1TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Silicon Power P34A80 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke 8G on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC on TechSpot.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC on Tweaktown.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT on Modders-Inc.
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 on ThinkComputers.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT ROG STRIX on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Edition on igor'sLAB.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT on OCClub.
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT on OC3D.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master SK621 Compact 60% Wireless Keyboard on Tweaktown.
EasySMX Gaming Mice on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MS110 Keyboard/Mouse Set on APHNetworks.
Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse on TechnoYard.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GE75 Raider 9SG (with GeForce RTX 2080) Gaming Laptop on FunkyKit.
Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC NUC8i5INH on Vortez.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD game on BigBruin.
Adrenalin Software Edition 19.7.5 Performance Analysis for RX Vega 56/64 on BabelTechReviews.
Adrenalin Software Edition 19.8.1 Performance Analysis for the RX 5700 XT on BabelTechReviews.

ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace motherboard on Anandtech.
Breadcrumb Mini Portable Bluetooth Location Marker on BigBruin.
Sengled E1G-G8EW Smart LED Light Strip on BigBruin.
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XG7 RGB 10-SERIES GPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.

Wednesday Lunchtime (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-August-2019  12:48:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HotHardware built a liquid-cooled Ryzen 9 3900X PC with the help of boutique PC builder (which is apparently a thing) Maingear. Of course, historically, to own a Maingear-built PC meant as an end user you actually had to buy a pre-built machine, rather than building your own, that is at least until very recently. Earlier this year, Maingear debuted its Vybe PC chassis with Apex Liquid Cooling solution specifically for the DIY PC builder market.

A recent infrastructure audit has concluded that some NBN users will face higher prices or lower-quality service in future. The government-owned NBN Co is required to achieve a 3.2 per cent return on investment to remain an off-budget asset rather than a liability, leading to "an inherent tension between the NBN's strategic goals," the infrastructure advisory body warned, saying it would potentially have to trade-off user outcomes to deliver the return.

Ransomware on PCs is unfortunately nothing new nowadays, but apparently now some DSLR cameras are at risk. Check Point Software Technologies issued a report today that detailed how its security researchers were able to remotely install malware on a digital DSLR camera. In it, researcher Eyal Itkin found that a hacker can easily plant malware on a digital camera. He says that the standardized Picture Transfer Protocol is an ideal method for delivering malware: it’s unauthenticated and can be used with both Wi-Fi and USB. The report notes that individual with an infected Wi-Fi access point could deploy it at a tourist destination to pull off an attack, or infect a user’s PC. Discussion here.

Phoronix looked into the performance effects of the recent SWAPGS vulnerability patches. Especially with that text, I was quite interested in seeing what the performance is looking like as a result of this latest kernel activity for tightening up the Intel CPU security. This morning I have results wrapped up on an Intel Core i9 9900K processor. SWAPGS or the "Grand Schemozzle" is believed to affect all Intel CPUs from at least Ivybridge through their latest products.

The USA's Department of Defence has ordered three new Cray supercomputers. The ARL system will be comprised of 102,400 Epyc Rome compute cores plus 292 Nvidia Volta V100 GPUs. Storage will be supplied by 350 TB of NVM-Express flash, backed by 11 PB of disk storage. The ERDC machine is computationally less intense, with 80,320 Epyc cores and just 16 V100 GPUs. Storage is distributed a little differently as well, with 30 TB of NVM-Express flash and 15 PB of disk capacity. Together, the two CS500 systems provide 10.6 petaflops of peak performance, which will bump the aggregate capacity of the HPCMP supercomputing to 57 petaflops.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-August-2019  11:50:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD EPYC 7002 Series Architecture on HotHardware.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark (video) by HardwareUnboxed.
AMD EPYC 7502 + EPYC 7742 Linux Performance on Phoronix.
Ryzen 9 3900X vs Core i9 9900K + What Zen 2 Means For Next-Gen (video) by DigitalFoundry.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X on OCInside.
X570 Aorus Master motherboard on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD EPYC Rome: The Fall of the Intel Empire on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER MINI on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW 3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition on TechARP.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock Premium on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Fractal Design ION+ 860P on Tweaktown.
Super Flower Leadex III 650 W on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Annke Nova J 1080P HD Smart Wireless Pan/Tilt Security Camera (video) by OCClub.
Corsair HS35 headset on Vortez.
ViewSonic Elite XG240R monitor on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Aorus CV27F Monitor Review: 27" Of 165Hz Curved Gaming Bliss on HotHardware.
Cooler Master GS750 Gaming RGB Headset Stand on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Dream Machines DM1 FPS Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Logitech G512 Carbon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechnoYard.
HyperX Double Shot PBT Keycaps (White) on APHNetworks.
ROCCAT Kova AIMO mouse on Vortez.

Apacer NOX RGB DDR4-3200 MHz CL16 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
HyperX Predator RGB 32GB DDR4 3200MHZ CL16 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

G-Technology Armor ATD 4TB Portable Drive on Tweaktown.
T-FORCE Vulcan 500GB SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan SSD on Tweaktown.
Team Group T-Force Cardea II M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Seagate 16TB IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and Exos X16 HDD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba BG4 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.

Cooler Master Mastercase H500 on TechPowerUp.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow on Vortez.
NZXT H510 Elite on GamersNexus.

Novatech The Reign VIPER MKII prebuilt PC on Vortez.

Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-August-2019  14:22:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Tim this week!

Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-August-2019  15:13:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BitDefender have uncovered another CPU vulnerability. Bitdefender senior researchers Dan Horea Lutas and Andrei Vlad Lutas recently uncovered a new speculative-execution vulnerability and demonstrated how it can be exploited via a side-channel style attack, dubbed SWAPGS Attack. The vulnerability has been publicly reported today as CVE-2019-1125. A bit more human-readable explanation on TheNextWeb. The SWAPGS instruction is found in most Intel CPUs released after 2012, including those released after Ivy Bridge. On the consumer side, the flaw impacts the third generation of Intel Core processors and beyond, although Bitdefender notes that it also presents a grave threat to enterprise users, as well as those using Intel processors on servers.

Toshiba have introduced a tiny NVMe SSD form-factor. The new XFMEXPRESS form factor allows for two or four PCIe lanes while taking up much less space than even the smallest M.2 22x30mm card size. The XFMEXPRESS card size is 18x14x1.4mm, slightly larger and thicker than a microSD card.

At the other end of the spectrum, Western Digital have some huge new enterprise SSDs. For those who need maximum performance and capacity, the manufacturer will offer SSDs in EDSFF E1.L form-factor that will offer capacities of up to 30.72 TB as well as up to 720K random read IOPS. For blade servers running virtual desktops and similar software the maker will offer U.2 SSDs featuring up to 7.68 TB capacities. For space-constrained and OCP environments, the Ultrastar DC SN640 drives will be available in M.2-22110 form-factor as well as capacities of up to 3.84 TB.

Meanwhile BackBlaze have published their latest hard drive stats. As of June 30, 2019, Backblaze had 110,640 spinning hard drives in our ever-expanding cloud storage ecosystem. Of that number, there were 1,980 boot drives and 108,660 data drives. This review looks at the Q2 2019 and lifetime hard drive failure rates of the data drive models currently in operation in our data centers.

Corsair have a new double-stacked memory product. The long-awaited launch of 32GB-per-module consumer memory is finally here, thanks to Corsair and Micron. Samsung first presented the idea back in May of 2018, but that rare memory was only for notebooks. Samsung followed up a few months later with desktop DIMMs, but all we saw of it was an endlessly out-of-stock listing at a reseller. Am I missing something, or is this not the same idea as the G.SKILL Trident Z DC Series reviewed recently on OCAU?

Fujitsu are upgrading Australia's fastest supercomputer. The new supercomputer will utilise both Fujitsu and Lenovo Neptune™ innovative direct liquid cooling technologies with warm water, allowing for high-density computing. The system features Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX2570 M5 servers and will include second-generation Intel Xeon Platinum processors, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and NVIDIA V100 GPUs to accelerate deep learning training and inferencing.

On a related note, AMD have unveiled new EPYC CPUs. AMD's Rome platform solves the concerns that first gen Naples had, plus this CPU family is designed to do many things: a new CPU microarchitecture on 7nm, offer up to 64 cores, offer 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0, offer 8 memory channels, and offer a unified memory architecture based on chiplets. More on TomsHardware and ServeTheHome. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Windows Defender is apparently one of the best anti-virus apps for Windows, and not just because it's free. Microsoft isn’t a security vendor whose primary objective is to build advanced software solutions to block malware and cyberattacks, but thanks to all the efforts the company has put into Windows Defender lately, the built-in Windows 10 antivirus has made a major step towards becoming such a product.

If you were a geeky kid in the 1980's in Australia, you probably loved The Curiosity Show as much as I did - and so does a whole new generation of YouTubers. Its hosts were two blokes in daggy jumpers - one with an elfin beard, the other with a 70s moustache. Now the two friends behind the Curiosity Show have found a new audience. ..and now I have the theme tune stuck in my head.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-August-2019  23:24:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Processor on ThinkComputers.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Intel Core i5-9400F: Mainstream Titans Clash on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G APU on Guru3D.
ASRock X570 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Corsair RGB Gaming Mouse Round-Up: M55, Glaive Pro, Nightsword, Ironclaw on HotHardware.
Cooler Master SK650 Limited Edition White Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
ENDGAME GEAR XM1 Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Gaming Keyboard + White Double-Shot PBT Keycaps on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MK730 mechanical keyboard on OCInside.

Antec DA601 Dark Avenger Chassis on FunkyKit.
Aerocool Aero Engine RGB Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 on Guru3D.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Smart Case on eTeknix.

Orico USB 3.0 Hub Roundup on Tweaktown.
Hubitat Elevation C-5 Home Automation Hub on BigBruin.
Team Group T-FORCE T-1 Gaming DDR4 2666MHz 16GB kit memory on BabelTechReviews.
Liectroux C30B Robot Vacuum on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Nokia Beacon 1 Trio wifi router on Tweaktown.
Corsair HS35 Stereo headset on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) smartphone on TechARP.
OWC Envoy Pro EX 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Monday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-August-2019  15:05:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have announced their 10th Gen Core CPUs. Today, Intel officially launched 11 new, highly integrated 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors designed for remarkably sleek 2 in 1s and laptops. The processors bring high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) to the PC at scale, feature new Intel® Iris® Plus graphics for stunning entertainment and enable the best connectivity1 with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt™ 3. Systems are expected from PC manufacturers for the holiday season. Coverage on Anandtech, HotHardware, PCWorld, TomsHardware and LegitReviews. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Over on reddit there's an interesting post showing the spike in AMD sales share since Ryzen 3 came out. Reports from Japan and other locations already pointed to fact that the release of 7nm Ryzen was a big success: Same at mindfactory, AMD destroyed Intel this month. Out of 5 CPUs only every fifth was actually from Intel and out of every Euro spent, 75 Cents went to AMD.

PCGamesN look into PCIe 4.0 game load times. PCIe 4.0, or Peripheral Component Interconnect Express specification 4.0 as it’s officially known, was first introduced into the desktop market with AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs. But, in the wake of this technical advancement, we here at PCGamesN started thinking: does PCIe 4.0 make any difference to game load times?

TechSpot have an article about reasons to upgrade your laptop. It does go beyond just being a list of shopping links so it's worth a look. In addition to year-on-year tweaks to make the latest laptop models more attractive, many technologies that used to be reserved for high-end models have permeated to the mainstream, including much better displays and resolutions, improved hardware efficiency and battery life, and overall better build quality even on lower price points.

They also checked out an OLED laptop display and liked it a lot. Today we're testing a monitor, but it’s not the usual sort of monitor review. Rather, we're looking at a laptop display because it’s super interesting – it’s one of the few OLED laptop screens going around, and from testing this display we can learn a lot about how OLED might be suited to PC displays and how it compares to the LCD panels we’ve been using for a while now.

TechGage meanwhile have a workstation graphics battle between AMD's Radeon Navi and NVIDIA's GeForce SUPER. There are a couple of reasons why you’d still want to consider a Radeon Pro or Quadro over a Radeon or GeForce, but nowadays, that largely has to do with the software in question. If you’re using a high-end CAD suite that focuses its support around workstation-class GPUs, you should probably just suck it up and go that same route to avoid as much potential headache as possible. But for hobbyists or students, gaming cards can fill the void more often than not.


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